July 5th, 2006

Thursday, July 6

Panel 1: Yep, just as predicted: Cut from the dinner table to Paul saying goodbye. Though the fact that Liz is apologizing for her family's behavior indicates that they really were as pushy as they came off to us, and it wasn't just compressed for time. Which leads me to think that they were looking at him as a non-white novelty. Shame on you, Pattersons. PC, like manners, is about putting people at ease.

Panel 2: Huh. Interesting that Paul defines himself as a "strange guy" instead of a "guy I don't know". And Liz jumps to the obligatory "I'm going to miss you."

Panel 3: Dang it! I'm sorry, qn, but I don't think this is meant to be typical teenager. I think the Lynnions are using the old Busybody April device because it's worked so many times before. At best, this is simply meant to be her permanent pattern. Which still irritates me, because we've been shown that April does not appreciate other people all in her business.

Panel 4: And Elly should be telling her to come away from there right now.

Panel 5: Well, that is interesting. When Liz was in high school, she always smooched Anthony in front of the garage, because it was the one place they couldn't be seen. Why aren't they just a few feet to their left? Deliberately putting on a show, perhaps?

I dunno. I'm still holding out hope that all this is just a way of creating obstacles in Liz's relationship with Mr. World Revolves Around You, so it won't be a smooth road to the altar with him. It could be that the Lynnions really believe in this "meant to be" stuff. I hope, I hope, I hope.

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And something else I wonder about re: Mike's book. Would stuff like "love, understanding, reassurance and support" really be crucial in 1945? If I understand correctly, people in those days didn't make a big deal about their feelings, and communication and so forth. If she's British, then she's seen deprivation, London getting bombed into smithereens, and friends and family members in mourning. I can see her being upset that she left a war-torn country for a desolate farm -- poverty to poverty. But I'm not entirely convinced that her first concern would be "My husband doesn't care about my neeeeeeeds!" More like, "I don't know what we're going to eat this week."